Hurley Wall with Luke Wessman

Recently, Luke Wessman and I painted a wall at Hurley Headquarters. We’ve been talking about it for years and finally found the time to paint, well, watch the video. We raised a good chunk of coin for Waves For Water by selling t-shirts during our paint session as well. It all turned out to be a good weekend. Video by: YB

Notebooks for Suavecito – nib pen and ink


Recently, I have been working with Suavecito Premium Blends on some collaboration projects, this is one of the fun items we have put together. Ten original nib-pen and ink drawings that can be won on Instagram simply by following Suavecito’s instructions here

Good Luck and thanks for the continual support.

Miami with Chuco – Love Hate Tattoo


Chuco Moreno and I will be heading down to Miami Beach this December 3rd to the 6th. It’s been a while since I’ve hung out with my Miami family and I’m really looking forward to it. To book an appointment with me or Chuco please email

I’ll see you all in South Beach

New Project With Suavecito Premium Blends


Machines For Pagoda


I’m really looking forward to hitting the Pagoda Convention this year. There’s going to be so many great tattooers and so much going on. Come down and check it out and if you’re in the market of picking up a tattoo machine, I have some good ones I have been working on this whole month. Here is a few of them

New Bandana Aprons

Bandana Apron

Lately we have had a lot of fun sourcing out rare and hard to find fabric for my aprons. This bandana print is probably one of my favorite one yet. We only made ten so if you want to grab one hit up my supply store here I have some new apron designs in the works as well, I will keep you all posted.

In Response…


I read a post today that my friend and colleague had brought to my attention, click here to read it. It was about a woman who had been turned down for a neck tattoo from a few tattoo shops, finally landing on one that did her tattoo. She went on about how this artist Dan, “…and artists are a) not exactly known for not being dicks”(her words), told her he would not do her neck tattoo(oh the horror), went into a little detail of the conversation(her side of the story keep in mind) and how she held back the tears after leaving the place. The whole article reeked of anger, resentment and retribution by social media. All those elements add up to be a bad cologne to wear. I am not a writer, I tattoo. I leave the writing to my college professor siblings, so forgive my poor grammar and lack of better words in what I say.

Let me start by talking about New York Adorned. It is a New York tattoo landmark, that shop was there before tattooing was legal in New York. Some of the best tattooers in the world came out of there or worked there at some point and some still do. She stated in her post that people referred to it as a “hipster shop”. That may be, but I will always refer to it as one of the landmark tattoo shops in NYC, as I’m sure many other tattooers and tattoo collectors would agree.
Holding a job at a shop that has a long standing good reputation means that you have to follow by certain unwritten laws, a code of ‘tattoo ethics’ if you will. One of these codes is to try and be a good judge of wether or not someone might regret a tattoo or not. You might read this and think that is silly, but read this when your drunken 18 year old daughter goes into a tattoo shop and wants a big name on her neck, then tell me our rules are silly. We as tattooers are taught, at least from the ‘school’ I was taught, to guide our clients into tattoos that they will enjoy for the rest of their lives, not only the tattoo itself but the placement as well, but where do you draw the line?
I personally won’t do neck or hand tattoos on anyone who isn’t already heavily tattooed in other places, although I have made exceptions. These exceptions are usually based on financially stability of the client, age, career status and the rare obscure other circumstance; I’ll give an example. Once while working in New York, a middle aged man came to me wanting a hand tattoo, as soon as he saw my eyes squint at him ever so slightly he said, “let me plea my case with you!”, he obviously knew our tattoo rules of ethical practice. He began to show me his complete sleeve and his half sleeve on the other side, the side he wanted his hand done, and explained to me why it was only a half sleeve. He was fighting a disease which required him to have regular blood work on that forearm, it was causing scarring and needed regular upkeep and healing so he was waiting until he was better before he finished that forearm. He told me that he didn’t want to miss this opportunity to get his hand done by me and had been waiting for a while, he also proved to me that he has his own construction business and his tattoos would not effect his livelihood. I did the tattoo.
There are sometimes exceptions to the rule, but we as tattooers should always practice good tattoo ethics. Of course it is always up to the tattooer on where to draw the line, some may be more strict than others. In my opinion, this woman’s article came off more of a complaint about a bad experience rather than a bad ‘tattoo’ experience, which could’ve happened anywhere. So to all the people out there young, old and every age in between, don’t be mad if you are possibly turned down for a neck, face or hand tattoo. We are just doing our job as tattooers and are doing our best to use our experience in the art of permanency to assure you don’t ruin your life, as horrible as that may be.
I have attached a few tattoo photos and wrote a brief description of why I tattooed their neck or hand.

Ink n Iron ~ Machines


After missing the last couple years at the Ink n Iron festival I am back. This year my shop will have a double booth and we will be in full force. I have been slaving away for a month on a good bunch of machines that will be for sale at the show. I hope you all enjoy them and as always, thanks for looking and the support.

New Film Flicks


Just got a few new rolls developed. Here are some random tattoos I did in the last couple months and also a great backpiece that Chuco Moreno did on Javier DeLuna. Hope you enjoy them

New Painting

TEN art show

I made this little number recently for an art show at AR4T in Laguna Beach. Hit me up if you are interested in purchasing it

Classic Legends ~ Nagoya, Japan

classic legends

Tomorrow I will be leaving to Nagoya, Japan, for one special day. The Classic Legends Lowrider and Kustom Car Show. From what I here it’s supposed to be one of the best car shows in the world. We’ll have to wait and see, I’ll post photos and a report when I get home. I’m taking a disposable camera to capture the details, also doubling the pics with a ‘disposable camera art show’ coming up soon over at my homies barber shop(Syndicate). Here’s a photo of the shirt, sweatshirt and aprons I’ll have with me at the show for sale.

Classic Legends Car Show Teaser from CHOP EM DOWN on Vimeo.

Eddie – by Pete Cropsey

If you guys liked “Dead Man Waking” then you’ll love “Eddie”, the continuation. If you ever watched NY Ink then you might remember when I tattooed Pete on the show. His story is an incredible tale of a man losing everything through drugs and violence and gaining it all back through love and spirituality. Pete has helped me more than most in my life and is a continual shining light and example of how a human being should be, SO BUY THIS BOOK. I promise you’ll love it.


Orange County Register On Classic Tattoo

Tim Hendricks ~ Classic Tattoo

I recently had a journalist from the OC Register come and check out the shop, Lou Ponsi, Very cool fellow. Here’s the interview, go check it out if you have a minute: